Traded as NYSE: ABB
Industry Diversified Machinery
Founded 1988, Zurich, Switzerland
Headquarters Zurich, 8050, Switzerland
Mr. Ulrich Spiesshofer
Revenue US$ 35.481 billion
Operating income
US$ 3.049 billion
Net income
US$ 2.052 billion
Total assets US$ 41.356 billion
Total equity US$ 14.481 billion
Number of employees



ABB Ltd.,

is an energy technology and automation company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. With a revenue of 35.481 billion USD, 135800 employees ABB is active in more than 100 countries. ABB is the largest manufacturer of electricity grids worldwide.

ABB was founded in 1988 as a result of the merger between the Swedish company “Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget” (ASEA) and “Brown Boveri LTD”, which concentrated their business in Zurich and each held 50% but remained independent companies. Later in 1999 they got finally unified as ABB Ltd.

ABB. Works in 5 business divisions:
Electrification Products (Low- voltage circuit breakers, switches, control products, wiring accessories, enclosures and cable systems to protect people, installations and electric equipment from electrical overload),
Discrete Automation and Motion (Products and services for industrial production. It includes electric motors, generators, drives, power electronics and industrial robots),
Process Automation (Systems for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific automation applications. The industries served include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper),
Power Grids (Key components for the transmission and distribution of electricity. Networks for transformers, switchgear, circuit breakers, cables, and associated high voltage equipment, digital protective relays. It also offers maintenance service),
Corporate and Other (Management and functioning of the company, asset management and investments).

Since 1999, ABB has engaged in a number of technology M&A deals: 121 Transactions with a value of USD 12.64 bil. (for number and value per year, see figure below).


Top 10 Deals ABB

RankDateTargetNationValue (in bil. USD)
101.30.2012Thomas & Betts CorpUnited States3.90
211.30.2010Baldor Electric CoUnited States3.09
304.22.2013Power0One IncUnited States1.11
405.05.2010Ventyx IncUnited States1.00
505.17.2010ABB LtdIndia0.96
612.01.1999Ardent Software IncUnited States0.91
704.05.2001Xerox0European Equip0FinancingDenmark0.37
804.09.2001Entrelec GroupFrance0.28
912.12.2011Newave Energy Holding SASwitzerland0.18
1011.24.2011Nanjing Guodian Nanzi PowerChina0.13

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